West Virginia in the Civil War
Intro video courtesy of the American Battlefield Trust:
Introductory article on West Virginia in the Civil War, by Dr. Mark A. Snell for the West Virginia Encyclopedia
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Today the slave auction site in Wheeling is surrounded by modern architecture. No auction block survives. Only a Civil War Trails sign marks the spot.
The Underground Railroad operation nearby helped free African Americans waiting to be sold here and coupled with public opposition the auctions were brought to a close.
We encourage you to find sites like this in your community during #blackhistorymonth. At times these stories are grim but they are also inspiring. Find them and remember them.
This is one of 6 sites you can check out next time you Visit Wheeling, WV. ... See MoreSee Less
Edwin Cole Bearss, Civil War historian extraordinaire, turns 97 this June. Unfortunately, Ed’s health is starting to fail. Tom Broadfoot, of Broadfoot Publishing, released an email today stating, in part, the following:
“Ed Bearss, decorated Marine, wounded at Guadalcanal, author of many Civil War books, leader of thousands of Civil War battlefield tours, sought-after Civil War speaker, Chief Historian of the National Park Service. If your interest is the Civil War Ed has contributed greatly to your interest.
Ed is now 96, and confined to his apartment. He is quite hard of hearing so phone calls and visits are not beneficial.
He much enjoys and appreciates letters, as his wonderful caretaker daughter Jenny says ‘letters make his day.’
So—consider taking a few minutes to write to Ed. Ideas: talk about the books he authored, or recall a tour or speech he gave, thank him for his service as a Marine and a Parks historian; pen any stories you have of the Civil War. If you’ve purchased any books from our recent catalogue of Ed’s books...tell him how pleased you are to have books from his collection...
Letters may be mailed to:
1126 17th St. S.
Arlington, VA 22202 ... See MoreSee Less
A national treasure right here!
Just a little snow can transform a battlefield. Good frosty morning from Bolivar Heights!
Image: Cannon and snow at sunrise on Bolivar Heights, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Photo by Catherine Mägi. ... See MoreSee Less